How Man City could line up next season with new signings

How Manchester City could line up next season with new signings with Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres now Pep Guardiola signings.

How Man City could line up next season with new signings
Manchester City are looking to make signings this summer and after sealing deals for Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres

(African Stand) — Manchester City will begin their Premier League season this weekend – leaving them plenty of time to make another addition or two to their squad.

They have made no secret of their desire for another center back, but their interest in Napoli stopper Kalidou Koulibaly has hit the buffers, with the two clubs far apart on valuation.

With the transfer window open until October 5, City is in no rush, although Pep Guardiola would prefer to have any new signings in place as soon as possible.

The need for defensive reinforcement has been evident for some time, but City already has a strong squad, and they will head into the new season – which starts with a tricky trip to Wolves on the weekend of September 19-20 – with confidence.

But how could City look when they line up at Molineux?

Guessing what Pep Guardiola will do is a fruitless pursuit at the best of times, but with new boys Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres already in place, and the addition of another centre back expected to be the minimum activity in the remaining days of the window, it becomes even more difficult.

If Torres settles quickly and impresses in training, he could well make his debut on an opening day.

But he faces stiff competition, with Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva all eyeing up his usual right-wing slot.

Foden and Bernardo may also have designs on the midfield slot vacated by David Silva, although Ilkay Gundogan claimed it in the ill-fated Champions League quarter-final against Lyon.

There are still big issues to be resolved in defence.

Kyle Walker has made the right-back position his own again, and Aymeric Laporte is already pencilled in at centre back.

If City do land Koulibaly, or another right-sided centre back, in time, he will take the problem position which has passed between Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho, John Stones and Eric Garcia.

If he does not come, Ake will be in the running, even if it meant playing two left-sided centre backs – his pace would be a big plus against Adama Traore, who took City apart last season.

Left-back is another issue. Ben Mendy was left on the bench, with Joao Cancelo getting the nod, and unless the Frenchman can show his true self in training, that situation is unlikely to change in the next 30 days.

Rodri has done well enough in a demanding first season in English football to be comfortably a starter in the holding role, and Kevin De Bruyne is the first name on the teamsheet.

Apart from Torres adding another name to the competition for the third attacking role, the front three looks straightforward.

Sergio Aguero’s injury recovery was portrayed as a key feature of the truncated Champions League campaign, but he was already the second choice behind the greater work rate and selflessness of Gabriel Jesus – and Kun will have to prove his fitness before he returns to action.

The best thing Guardiola can do for Raheem Sterling – who will spend the next 30 days ruminating on his incredible miss against Lyon – is to get him back in action as soon as possible.

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

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